Bertrand Piccard, Markus Scherdel, and André Borschberg
The Solar Impulse 2 made its first flight on Monday
Solar Impulse 2 will try to circumnavigate the world in 2015
The maiden flight of Solar Impulse 2 took place at the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland
Design of Solar Impulse 2
The maiden flight of Solar Impulse 2 took place on Monday morning at Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland. The solar-powered aircraft took off at 5:36 AM CET, when the weather around the aerodrome was at its calmest, with pilot Markus Scherdel at the controls. The aircraft flew for two hours and 17 minutes, reaching an altitude of 1,670 m (5,500 ft) and a ground speed of 55.6 km/h (30 kt). According to Solar Impulse, the in-flight data indicates that the aircraft slated to make the first all-solar global circumnavigation flight performed to expectations.
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